XBLA Catch-Much: June 19 2024 Update: Goodbye to XBox 360 Marketplace Digital Store 2024 "defragmentation"

ClockworkHouse wrote:

It's an interesting narrative, really, because they were talking so much about their plans for the Empire IP and how they were going to do so much with it, and how Shadow Complex was just the first game in a whole new world, and then it all stopped. I don't know for sure, but I get the sense that Chair was caught off-guard by the success of Infinity Blade and just rode the wave. (I also don't know how much higher-ups at Epic contributed to the shift in direction.)

From what very little I understand of video game development: Epic contributed to all of the shift? I know that sounds immaturely cynical, but the dichotomy I usually read about, and what I like to believe, is of development studios that are made up of genuinely imaginative and ambitious creators, who want nothing but to push their imaginations making new things, like developing these Empire ideas; and of publishers who sees only numbers and say, "No, keep making the finger swiping game."

From what I've read and from conversations I've had with developers, that's going to depend entirely on the studio and publisher.

Also keeping in mind that Epic is a dev company themselves, not a publisher, although they are essentially an engine developer, so that complicates things somewhat. I remember reading / watching interviews about Chair and People Can Fly and Epic people (well, Cliffy B anyway) were excited to pick both of those companies up because they were making fun, exciting games that the devs believed in, and they opened a new studio just so former employees of Big Huge Games would have a place to work. Plus, their engine business prints money, so I would think that would mean they would give their subsidiaries a bit more leeway. Maybe Chair are just really into Infinity Blade, or they want to distance themselves from Orson Scott Card, or just lost interest in the universe for other reasons. On the other hand, I think there have been some leadership changes recently, which could explain the shift as well.

Point is, in this case it isn't so simple as "Publishers just don't get it, yo".

I hope so. I'm just reacting to Angry Internet Men who always shout down developers as lazy/greedy/etc, so I like to... shift the blame to the publishers? Well, when I read about game ideas that get squashed because they can't be shoehorned into an Assassin's Creed game, can you blame me?

I prefer to blame consumers for having a toxic combination of unrealistic expectations and bad taste.

Thanks for the advice on the profile stuff. Worked exactly as you described. All my profile stuff is gone and the content still remains.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I prefer to blame consumers for having a toxic combination of unrealistic expectations and bad taste.

That's true. I guess it's a vicious circle of publishers afraid to risk something unfamiliar and an audience which repeatedly shows it will readily pay for another sequel. Like, why make an original AAA pirate sandbox game when you can intercut it with some modern soporific to guarantee sales.

Sorry, I seem to really be on the Assassin's Creed thing.

The final sales on the 360 Marketplace have begun leading up to July 29.

Holy crap, the 360 Marketplace was STILL operating?! That's amazing!

I'll pour one out for XBLA - I played so many great little indie games on that service, it was my pathway into PC indie gaming.

Trachalio wrote:

Holy crap, the 360 Marketplace was STILL operating?! That's amazing!

It ends July 29.

MaxShrek wrote:
Trachalio wrote:

Holy crap, the 360 Marketplace was STILL operating?! That's amazing!

It ends July 29.

I know, I'm just amazed that it wasn't closed down like 10 years ago! LOL

Holy resurrection, Batman!

I may have had a bit of nostalgia paging back a bit and seeing how I was intrigued by Dungeon Defenders coming to XBLA, a game I wound up playing extensively with my then-elementary school aged and now in college children.

Oh, hey, looks like the 360 Marketplace has a special on existential crises today.

Necro thread arise!

I don't have any skin in the game with the store closing but wanted to mention that it sucks there's no way to digitally purchase Spec Ops The Line. I never played it and it pops up in quite a few videos I watch about older classics. Apparently there was some music licensing issue so it was permanently removed. The only copies I could find are on eBay and Amazon for $100+.

XBLA was where I really cut my teeth on the indie game scene. Back then everything looked so promising, didn't it? Not saying it's all crap now, but things have certainly lost that rose-colored hue they seemed to have back then. Nostalgia trip in-coming.

BadKen wrote:

Holy resurrection, Batman!

Not my best, I've resurrected some from 2004.

brokenclavicle wrote:

XBLA was where I really cut my teeth on the indie game scene. Back then everything looked so promising, didn't it? Not saying it's all crap now, but things have certainly lost that rose-colored hue they seemed to have back then. Nostalgia trip in-coming.

Before Indie Games shut down, I downloaded a ton of the demos to check them out. There were some really good titles in there, like The Last Podfighter.

Jonman wrote:

I'll pour one out for XBLA - I played so many great little indie games on that service, it was my pathway into PC indie gaming.

Same, I want to play Braid Anniversary Edition just as much to remember the game itself as to honor XBLA.

July 19 2024 Update:

1942: Joint Strike $0.99 90%
ADRENALIN MISFITS $4.99 75%
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars $2.99 85%
Batman: Arkham Asylum $4.99 75%
Batman: Arkham City $4.99 75%
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition $4.99 75%
Bionic Commando $1.49 90%
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 $1.49 90%
Bionic Commando: Rearmed $0.99 90%
Birds of Steel $7.49 75%
BLACK $0.99 90%
Brink $2.99 85%
Bulletstorm $1.99 90%
Burnout 3: Takedown N/A 90%
Burnout Crash! $0.49 90%
Cars 3: Driven to Win $4.49 85%
Choplifter HD $2.49 75%
DARK $2.99 85%
Darkstalkers Resurrection $1.49 90%
DarkStar One $1.99 80%
Dead Island $0.74 95%
Dead Island Riptide $0.74 95%
DEAD RISING $1.99 90%
Dead Rising 2 $1.99 90%
DEAD RISING 2 OFF THE RECORD $1.99 90%

DeathSpank $1.49 90%
Devil May Cry 4 $1.99 90%
Devil May Cry HD Collection $1.99 90%
Dishonored $2.99 85%
DmC Devil May Cry $1.99 90%
Dustforce $0.99 90%
Fight Night Round 3 $1.99 90%
Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition N/A 75%
Full Game – Alien Spidy $1.49 70%
Full Game – Anna – Extended Edition $1.99 80%
Full Game – Dollar Dash $1.24 75%
Full Game – Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams $3.74 75%
Full Game – Mighty No. 9 $0.99 95%
Harry Potter for Kinect N/A 75%
Homefront $0.49 95%
Leedmees $2.49 75%
LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM $4.99 75%
LEGO Harry Potter N/A 75%
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 $4.99 75%
LEGO Jurassic World $4.99 75%
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes $4.99 75%
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers $4.99 75%
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens $4.99 75%
METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES $11.99 40%
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain $4.99 75%
Metro 2033 $0.74 95%
Metro: Last Light $0.99 95%
MicroBot $0.99 90%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor $4.99 75%
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection $4.99 50%
NCAA Basketball 09 March Madness Edition $1.49 90%
NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED $1.99 90%
Need for Speed Rivals $1.99 90%
NFS Undercover N/A 90%
Ninety-Nine Nights Ⅱ $7.49 75%
Omerta – City of Gangsters $2.99 85%
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare $1.99 90%
Puzzle Chronicles $2.49 75%
Red Faction: Guerrilla $0.99 95%
Remember Me $1.99 90%
Resident Evil $1.99 90%
Resident Evil 0 $1.99 90%
Resident Evil 4 $1.99 90%
RESIDENT EVIL 5 $1.99 90%
RESIDENT EVIL 6 $1.99 90%
RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS $1.99 90%
Rocket Riot $2.49 75%
Rush’N Attack: Ex-Patriot $1.24 75%
Skyrim $4.49 85%
Spare Parts $0.99 90%
Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition $1.49 90%
Street Fighter II’ HF $0.99 80%
STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN $1.99 90%
STRIDER $1.49 90%
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix $1.49 90%
The Evil Within $2.99 95%
The Fancy Pants Adventures $0.99 90%
The LEGO Movie Videogame $4.99 75%
Tornado Outbreak $4.99 75%
Track & Field $2.49 50%
Tropico 3 $1.49 65%
Tropico 5 $4.99 75%
Warp $0.99 90%
Wing Commander Arena $0.99 90%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu $2.49 50%

Well, decided to fish the old gal out of storage and hooked up the 360 to the living room TV. Realized has some cash in the balance sitting from who-knows-when and purchased Lost Odyssey. I think the last time I purchased something on XBLA was well over 10 years ago. Heck, it could be 12-13 years ago.

Got the nostalgia kick going and it made me wistful. Will start Lost Odyssey as a 2024 white whale project for myself.

Is anyone able to buy anything on the 360? I’m not able to enter credit card, and even though I have some funds in my Microsoft account, it won’t let me buy any apps on the 360. What a headache.

jonnypolite wrote:

Is anyone able to buy anything on the 360? I’m not able to enter credit card, and even though I have some funds in my Microsoft account, it won’t let me buy any apps on the 360. What a headache.

I had the same issue so instead I just went to my Microsoft account - the one tied to the 360 - and added any funds I needed through there. Added some cash to wait for a sale to get Blue Dragon - my original discs are long gone - and Burnout 3. Biding my time until some time in July.

jonnypolite wrote:

Is anyone able to buy anything on the 360? I’m not able to enter credit card, and even though I have some funds in my Microsoft account, it won’t let me buy any apps on the 360. What a headache.

Yes, but using payment methods already tied to my Microsoft Account. I don't expect anything outside of the core purchasing flow works on the 360 itself any more.

Yeah, that’s the thing. I’ve got a payment method on account, and some cash in the account that shows up on the 360 when I go to buy. Then I get an error when I attempt the purchase. Bummer.

Turns out that it’s only BC Rearmed that I can’t seem to purchase. I was able to buy a few other items on sale successfully with Microsoft funds deposited by gift card, but couldn’t add a new credit card.